Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona coffee can be made with evaporated milk. When it comes to coffee, everyone has a preferred flavor and a set of other add-ins that they enjoy in their coffee. Some people prefer their coffee black, while others prefer creamers from the shop. There are a lot of things you can put in coffee; so when it comes to dairy, there are lots of options. But what if your typical creamer selections are not available? Look for a can of evaporated milk in your cupboard; while it may sound unusual, you can easily use evaporated milk to make your dalgona coffee.

What is evaporated milk?

Although evaporated milk may seem more like a science experiment than anything else. It is a very useful commodity to have around. It is milk that has been processed to remove about 50-60% of the water from whole milk, resulting in a thick, creamy dairy milk product. It is also not difficult to prepare at home, so if a recipe asks for it, you can skip going to the shop. It is commonly available canned and has a one-year shelf life, so it is good to always have on hand as a back-up. Baking, cooking, and creating drinks can be done with evaporated.

Homemade evaporated milk

What is dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee, also known as whipped coffee or Desi Cappuccino, is a drink made by whisking equal parts instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water until creamy, then mixing it with cold or hot milk.

Sometimes, coffee powder, chocolate, crumbled biscuits, or honey are sprinkled over top depending on how you choose to enjoy yours. Due to the likeness in taste and look, the name is derived from dalgona, a Korean sugar sweet, albeit most dalgona coffee does not contain dalgona.

Dalgona or whipped coffee became popular on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, when people who could not go out started filming and showing themselves, on TikTok and all over social media, whipping coffee at home without the use of electric mixers.

Is dalgona coffee delicious?

Taste is a personal thing. Some people believe that the robust, bitter coffee foundation of Dalgona instant coffee creates the ideal canvas for sugar and milk. How could anyone detest something they worked so hard on? However, you have to understand that this is not a drink for the faint hearted.

How is dalgona coffee prepared?

Dalgona Coffee is prepared by mixing or whipping instant coffee with equal parts of sugar and water (2 tablespoons of each is a fair quantity). Using a whisk or hand mixer, whisk or whip together the water, coffee, and sugar for 5-10 minutes, or until the mixture produces a thick, foamy froth, then pour in a layer over ice and evaporated milk. The drink will have a wonderful creamy head and will mingle with the milk as it is consumed.

The best thing ever could be your well prepared dalgona coffee (whipped coffee). It takes only 5 minutes, with a hand mixer, to make your frothy and very tasty morning coffee! It can be served hot or cold, depending on how you want it.


  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (evaporated milk)

What is instant coffee?

Instant coffee, also known as soluble coffee, coffee crystals, coffee powder, or powdered coffee, is a brewed coffee beverage that allows consumers to make hot coffee fast by swirling hot water or milk into the powder or crystals. Instant coffee is made in a commercial setting by freeze-drying or spray-drying it, then rehydrating it. Instant coffee is also available in a concentrated liquid form.

Instructions on how to make your dalgona coffee.

In a bowl, mix the instant coffee, sugar, and boiling water (you can easily double or triple this recipe; depending on the quantity of dalgona coffee you want). Whip on high speed with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Using an electric mixer, whip the entire mixture for about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and whip any pieces that have not been whipped.

Taste (it will be extremely strong; however, it will be diluted with milk) and add additional sugar if required. Some people add extra tablespoon of sugar, but it is not really necessary. Keep in mind that it will be diluted with milk!

In summary;

Place the coffee, sugar and boiling water in a small bowl and beat with an electric mixer until whipped into a thick and creamy mousse.

Pour the evaporated milk into 2 coffee cups or glasses and top up with water, stir gently and then top with the coffee mousse.

Then serve with a spoon.

Can you make your dalgona coffee without sugar?

You certainly can…BUT! While it fluffs up in the same amount of time as the sugar version, it does not stay fluffy for long as the one made with sugar. It stays fluffy for approximately 2 minutes before gently dissolving for another 5 minutes till it is liquid again. So keep that in mind if you are making the plain version (without sugar).

Granulated sugar should be used. White sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, and coconut sugar are all options to make dalgona coffee.

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